Has anyone bought just the pass instead of booking the Spa cabin? Pros? Cons? Most importantly do you still get to take a guest with you like you do if you book the spa cabins?
Thermal Suite 6-Day Pass Cloud 9 Spa
Yes we have purchased the cruise long Cloud 9 spa passes and have had Cloud 9 cabins. To us the differences are small, no slippers, enhanced sample sized toiletries, 2 free gym classes, nor salt (or sugar) scrub, also absent is the welcome ritual (aka private tour) and spa level robe. So we look at the pricing difference between the price of a cabin type on our prefered deck level plus the price of a couples cruise long pass vs. the price of a Cloud 9 cabin of the same type. So far it's been about a 50/50 split as to which way has the better prices. The premium pricing of Cloud 9 cabins includes passes for 2 adults in the cabin. Some say the passes goes to the first 2 adults registered on the cabin (when 3 or more adults are in one), while a few others claim it is given to the first 2 adults from that cabin that claim them at the Cloud 9 spa desk. When the passes are bought separately for those in a "normal" cabin, the pass is registered to the passenger that is named during the online purchase. If a couples pass is pre-purchased the additional passenger (from any cabin) that goes to with the registered purchaser of the pass to claim the sticker for access. If a couples pass is purchased on board it is best done on embarkation day when both are together.
Thank you Mary
We have booked it both ways. After this experience, I, personally, do not like being in the front (bow area) of the ship. I feel the motion more there. So, I plan to just book a cabin in midship area, deck 7 or 8, and buy the couples spa pass. On the other hand, the spa cabins are VERY conveniently located. If you are going to do a cruise that is heavily focused on Spa, I would get the spa cabin.